Dec 1, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​DW Stadium
WiganWigan Athletic
DerbyDerby County
Powell (50')
Powell (1'), Watson (32'), McClean (45'), McArthur (73')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Bryson (3'), Dawkins (15'), Martin (30')
Eustace (58'), Dawkins (60'), Grant (90')

Result: Derby County cruise past Wigan Athletic

First-half goals from Craig Bryson, Simon Dawkins and Chris Martin help Derby County to a 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Championship today.

Derby County have moved into the playoff places in the Championship after securing a 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Craig Bryson of Derby County celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Craig Forsyth during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Derby County at DW Stadium on December 01, 2013© Getty Images

Steve McClaren's men raced into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes, with goals from Craig Bryson, Simon Dawkins and Chris Martin scoring for the Rams.

Manchester United loanee Nick Powell reduced the deficit to two shortly after the break, but the strike proved little more than a consolation as promotion-chasing Derby moved into the playoff positions in England's second tier.

McClaren watched on from the dugout as his side took a sixth-minute lead through Bryson, whose 20-yard free kick proved too good for goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

It soon got worse for the Latics as the Rams doubled and trebled their advantage shortly after, first through Dawkins, who smashed home the second, and then Martin nonchalantly stroked home the third from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark.

Powell was on hand to reduce the arrears five minutes at the interval, but Owen Coyle's men failed to build the momentum necessary to stage a comeback and Derby cruised to the three points.

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